If you were ever a fan of Degrassi, then you most certainly recognize Sarah Fisher. What you might not know about her is that she’s also a successful public speaker, singer/songwriter and teacher – quite the impressive resume at just 22 years old…
Elevator Pitch: Describe your job in a nutshell.
I am an actress, public speaker, singer/songwriter and teacher.
Why did you start working at your company? What was the inspiration for this career route?
I have been in love with music for as long as I can remember. So when I was in grade 12 and realized I had to figure out what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, there were no questions, just one thought: I don’t want to look back in 30 years and ask myself, ‘what if I went for it’? So when I had a girlfriend of mine ask me to do a beginners acting class with her at Armstrong Acting Studio, I told myself the same thing. Now I will never have to ask myself that question. The inspiration is passion.
What is the best part of what you do on a day-to-day basis? The most challenging part?
The best part of what I do is that I am doing all of the things I love; I get to be creative! I have my parents to thank for that. They should win a million awards for being the best parents and the best support team. I think the challenging part of acting is being close to booking roles and not getting them. Auditions are job interviews; sometimes you have to get a lot of “NOs” before you get that perfect “YES.” As long as you are patient and keep working as hard as you can, you will get there.
What is one sign that you’ve seen over the years to suggest that your work/life balance is off?
I loved sports in high school, but once you leave you realize in the real world you have to search for sports teams you want to join – they don’t just come to you offering you all the activities you could choose from. On my way to acting class, you have to climb 12 flights of stairs; I started realizing that by the time I reached the top, I could barely breathe. This was a huge sign! I realized I needed to get back into sports and physical activity. I was always feeling a little lazy and tired – I have always been a big fan of sleeping in – but it was really starting to throw my balance off. So I now try to run every other day and have joined a squash and beach volleyball team. I am waking up earlier in the morning and getting a lot more done with my day and I feel better.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years I see myself working in front of the camera as well as behind the scenes on a new TV series. I see myself singing every day and hopefully working towards an album or getting ready to go on tour, as well co-writing with other artists. My schedule is always all over the place because I love so many different things, so in five years I see myself involved in several different projects at once.
What is one major challenge that you’ve had to overcome in your career? How did you overcome it?
When I left high school and had to start living in the real world I was afraid of where my career could go. At 18 years old, when you think of successful musicians or actors, you think of the people you always hear about – the people whose personal lives tend to always be displayed on magazines. I was afraid of living that type of lifestyle. I overcame this fear by helping myself realize that I am in control of my life; if I don’t want my personal life to be a part of my life in the entertainment world, I simply won’t let it be.
What does success look like to you? Does Money = Happiness?
What success looks like to me is having a smile on my face every day. Money does not equal happiness… living in a big house but hating the job you drive to every morning does not sound like success to me.
What is the most memorable milestone in your career?
Well, I am only 22 and always tell myself this is just the beginning. At this stage, jumping in to the industry and working on Degrassi for three years was a huge milestone in my career so far. I will never forget my family at Epitome Pictures and will never be able to thank them enough for everything they have taught me.
Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
I have heard for the last 15 years of my life that I sound like a Disney princess so I am going to keep it very Disney and say ‘follow your dreams’. I really mean it! Whatever it is you love to do, imagine being able to do that every day of your life. I believe if you work as hard as you can, you can do anything. It may not happen right away, but if you are patient and believe in yourself, your day will come.
Where is your favourite place to wine/dine in your city and why?
As much as I love fancy Italian restaurants, etc., I somehow always end up at either Kelsey’s or Pickle Barrel.
When you’re not working how do you love to spend your “Me” time?
Singing. Writing. Or watching Friends.
Where is your favourite place to travel? Why?
Italy! I lived in Italy for a month when I was 17 to finish grade 12 English and it was an incredible experience. I fell in love with the history and the people, and am going back this November to Florence and Rome.
If you weren’t doing what you’re doing, what would you be doing?
This is such a hard question to answer because I have no idea. I couldn’t imagine not doing what I am doing now. I am sure I would still be teaching and singing. I once thought I was going to be a vet, but I was about seven years old at the time.
Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is that important to you?
I am the national celebrity ambassador for Kids Help Phone. I strongly believe in what they do. I have also worked with The Corsage Project and Free the Children (We Day). Anything that helps young people get through life.
What to you is notable?
Honesty and integrity.
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